Head Coach and Founder
Alan Kearns, Canada’s Career Coach, CareerJoy founder and author of Get the Right Job Right Now! is one of Canada’s leading authorities on career management issues. As founder, president and head coach of Canada’s career coaching company, Alan has shaped his almost 20 years of career management experience into a company that helps both individuals and organizations including Scouts Canada, RCMP, Deloitte, Subaru Canada, Calgary Flames, Health Canada & other leading Canadian employers navigate a variety of career-related issues.
Having been educated as an optician, Alan himself made a career transition when he leapt into the recruitment field and founded TalentLab, a recruitment agency. A few years later when he recognized that professionals need unbiased advice and tools to manage their careers, he founded CareerJoy.
Voted one of the Top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40, Alan is a regular contributor to Canadian media on the latest trends in the Canadian workforce, he has been on a number of shows including, Till Debt Do U$ Part, Princess, Canada AM, BT, The National & The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He is the career expert on the O Network reality show – Million Dollar Neighbourhood. As host of the country’s top rated career Podcast, CareerJoy Conversations, he interviews high-profile career gurus, ranging from John Stanton, founder of The Running Room, to Jim Citrin, best-selling author of The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.
Alan is a highly sought after guest speaker at organizations and conferences in Canada, where he enlightens employers and employees on all topics related to professionals and their careers.
Alan’s goal is: Work. Made better.
Lee Grant (B.Sc.)
VP, Business Development – Corporate
Lee has over 15 years of business experience developing and managing corporate relationships in the financial services industry.
Before joining CareerJoy, Lee served as a Vice President and a Director at RBC Capital Markets where he excelled as the primary point of contact and face of RBC for many large multinational corporations. His strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail and commitment to delivering an unparalleled client experience have been instrumental in his ability to build credibility on a national and international level.
Lee has been a multiple recipient of the annual Brendan Wood International distinction for exceptional knowledge and service in his industry and brings to CareerJoy his dedication to delivering sound advice and trusted service at the corporate level.
Brittany Knapp (BSc)
Manager of Client Services
With a degree in Management, Brittany is a detail-oriented person that gets excited about the “little things”. In the past, Brittany has successfully launched and operated an award-winning floral and event design business in Ottawa, and has also managed events at a five star hotel in New York City, taught and directed at a florist school, and exclusively managed floral designs and installations at the Ritz Carlton and St. Regis hotels in Manhattan. With a passion for superior client service and a knack for creative solutions, Brittany enjoys being the initial point of contact for CareerJoy’s customers.
Finance & Marketing Administrator
Erin is self-motivated, detailed, and enthusiastic with an entrepreneurial spirit, and demonstrates her diverse skill-set while multitasking in CareerJoy’s Finance and Marketing departments. In her spare time, Erin is the President of the Board of Directors for her local Food Co-op, volunteers on the Marketing Committee for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society, and happily carts her three kids around to their various extra curricular activities. She is passionate about helping others achieve success, and takes our mission here at CareerJoy straight to heart.
George Muenz has over 30 years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and leader in the high technology sector and has a reputation for being decisive and leading by example. He’s led sales teams in the fast-paced Internet start-ups sector and managed Operations, HR and Business Development departments. George has managed recruiting and staffing, including hiring hundreds of staff for his direct employers — from start-ups to Fortune 100 firms. George was Director of Sales and VP Business Development for NetNation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.
Jill Kirson (MA, Ed.S) has a doctorate level degree (Ed.S) in Community Counselling as well as an MA in Community Counselling and an MA in International Development. Jill has spent almost two decades as both a career counsellor/coach and a HR professional working in Universities, government agencies and in the private sector in both Canada and the United States. As a HR professional, her expertise includes recruiting, talent management and training and development.
Kevin Schafer (BA.Sc.) was a Project Manager with a prominent hi-tech company in Ottawa when, in the midst of massive lay-offs, he was handed his “opportunity” for a career transition after 16-years of service. Following his passion, he founded a music agency. As a music manager and agent, Kevin discovered that his skills are directly transferable to CareerJoy. As a career coach, he continues to explore the passions of our clients and has particular skill when it comes to writing bios and marketing skills.
Sandra Bobkin (M.Ed., BScN, RN, ACPC, PCC) Therapy) has more than 15 years of private and public sector experience in a variety of learning, leadership and management roles. This includes service in the retail, financial and health care industries. Sandra coaches executives, newly appointed leaders and professionals who seek to expand their influence repertoire and pursue their professional goals. Her coaching has focused on leadership and team development, effective communication, emotional intelligence, career transition and 360 feedback results. She received her Personal Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation.
Suzanne Turpin (B.Sc., M. Occupational Therapy) has years of experience in occupational therapy focusing on Vocational Evaluation, particularly for clients experiencing career transitions as a result of injury, illness, or for the purpose of exploring more meaningful career options. Suzanne has gained a wide breadth of knowledge of various assessment tools and methods in order to create unique profiles that include individual educational and employment histories, transferable skills, interests, values, aptitudes, and strengths and abilities.
Emily Koolen (BA) has an extensive background in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Consulting spans various sectors and industries. Emily has advised, coached and engaged all levels of employees, including senior executives and has created several human resources departments and organizations. Emily completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Queen’s University and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and the Certified Human Resources Professional designation.
Miranda Vande Kuyt (BCE) has been working in the career development field for over 10 years. She started out completing a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry with additional course work in career development. This led to work as a job search coach with teens and then adults. With a few cross-country moves under her belt Miranda harnessed her entrepreneurial spirit to create a borderless career for herself that sees her consulting for companies across Canada in various aspects of the career development field. For the last several years Miranda has been writing about career development and self-employment for several blogs, websites, magazines, and social media outlets. As a career coach, she gets excited about helping others consider possibilities and create strategies to find career and life fulfillment.
Nicola Lee (B.Ed, M.Sc) has always been a motivator-at-heart. With her Bachelors of Education and Master’s degree, Nicola has been teaching for over 9 years in post-secondary education and has been involved in Career Coaching for 6 years. Originally from Northern Ireland, Nicola got her first taste of Canada while completing a teacher exchange from Belfast to Saskatoon. Her love for encouraging people eventually brought her to teaching at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary…and to CareerJoy.
Amy Dixon (LLB, BA) spent eight years plodding through her legal career and then decided to try doing something she loved for a change: writing. Since leaving her practice, Amy has been actively writing full-time. She is also studying the art of writing in its many forms at both the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Amy’s passionate about the idea of ‘doing what you love’ for a living and she’s thrilled to be able to use her writing skills as a Resume Coach to help others achieve this same goal.
Lynda Peto is a Certified Career and Employment Coach with over 10 years of experience supporting and assisting her clients in meeting their career and employment goals. Working with HR professionals, Lynda has a strong connection with the business community and diverse job opportunities. Lynda has 20 years of business experience as a sales and marketing professional and entrepreneur. Her expertise in marketing is valuable in assisting clients to match, identify and articulate their skills and experience in the job search process. Lynda understands the challenges, fears, and uncertainty as well as the joy, fulfillment, and passion that can be achieved in making a successful transition. She has recently obtained her Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education.
Debora Dekok cannot live without pen and paper. An award-winning photojournalist, Debora has written breaking news and quirky human interest stories for newspapers, as well as for corporate and military magazines. She recently left the world of journalism to grow strawberries on the family farm, but gets her writing itch scratched by composing resumes which she thoroughly enjoys. When penning resumes, Debora makes absolute sure to focus on the client’s specific needs.
Jennifer Cowan writes, mentors and consults. She has created stories for television, radio, print, interactive game apps and corporate websites. Her television work has garnered multiple awards and her first novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Sharing her love of writing, Jennifer teaches media, screenwriting and comedy writing at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Having achieved many of her own creative goals, one of her greatest thrills is helping her colleagues, clients and students tell their stories. When she’s not wrestling with words and ideas, she’s walking the dog, making things or relishing her status of Jeopardy champion of her living room.
Priscilla Jabouin (B.Ed, M.A. Counselling Psychology) started her career as a grade school teacher, and subsequent twists and turns, she found a path that brings her excitement and challenges. With a background in education and psychology, Priscilla brings her experience into her coaching sessions. She believes that in order to find a fulfilling career — it is important to: improve one’s personal well-being; identify the answers to questions that might be creating confusion.
Thomas Labelle holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Administration and is a Certified Career Development Professional. He feels extremely fortunate to be in the position to excite and motivate clients about career and life “possibilities” and to help them devise strategies towards achieving their goals. Thomas loves nature, sports, fitness, paddling his kayak and Friday hockey. His respect, love and appreciation for his family grow with each passing day. He can truly call his amazing wife his “best friend” and the most amazing teacher.
Tudor Robins credits the adventure of becoming a mother with giving her the strength and courage to take the big (and somewhat intimidating) step of writing for a living. She feels her degrees in English Literature and Journalism and years of accumulated experience in the publishing industry are being put to good use every time she sees her work in print. Tudor enjoys writing anything that tells a story and considers resumes to be the ultimate “short story” of a person’s life.
Gena Gibson’s entire 20-year career has been spent at community newspapers, from a cub reporter in Manotick to the owner of a small weekly newspaper in Lanark, Ont. In that time, she’s had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing many people from all walks of life, learned their stories, and shared those stories to the reading public. She’s following the same path with CareerJoy as a Resume Coach – taking clients’ career histories, turning them into compelling stories and offering them to potential employers.
Lisa Lorenson is an intuitive Career Services Specialist and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with 16 years’ experience working with clients in career transition. It is her joy to be a catalyst for others to reach career success. Lisa consistently provides career transition coaching, resume writing and LinkedIn training that fully informs, guides and develops clients’ career transition process and skills. She naturally treats every person, question and need with the utmost dignity and respect, an approach that allows clients to easily trust her professional expertise and guidance. Her gift in working with clients is in her delivery, as clients gain increased insight into the value they bring to prospective employers, and learn how to fully communicate that to meet their career goals.